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ISRN Software Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 584731, 12 pages
Research Article

Interlinking Developer Identities within and across Open Source Projects: The Linked Data Approach

Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Received 17 January 2013; Accepted 13 March 2013

Academic Editors: P. Ciancarini and M. Marzolla

Copyright © 2013 Aftab Iqbal and Michael Hausenblas. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Software developers use various software repositories in order to interact with each other or to solve related problems. These repositories provide a rich source of information for a wide range of tasks. However, one issue to overcome in order to make this information useful is the identification and interlinking of multiple identities of developers. In this paper, we propose a Linked Data-based methodology to interlink and integrate multiple identities of a developer found in different software repositories of a project as well as across repositories of multiple projects. Providing such interlinking will enable us to keep track of a developer’s activity not only within a single project but also across multiple projects. The methodology will be presented in general and applied to 5 Apache projects as a case study. Further, we show that the few methods suggested so far are not always appropriate to overcome the developer identification problem.